Account-based Atomic Swaps
PIP: PIP-0032A Title: Atomic Swaps via Hash-Locked Accounts Type: Protocol Impact: Hard-Fork Author: Herman Schoenfeld Copyright: Herman Schoenfeld, 2019 (All Rights Reserved) License: GNU Public License Comments-URI: https://discord.gg/sJqcgtD (channel #pip-0032) Status: Proposed Created: 2019-05-30
Atomic swaps are a smart-contract technology that enable the exchange of one cryptocurrency for another without using intermediaries, such as 3rd party exchanges. Atomic swaps occur as smart-contract events within the respective blockchains involving only the exchanging parties in a cryptographically secure manner. Atomic swaps are the fundamental building block for decentralized exchanges (DEX).
An atomic swap is performed using a type of smart-contract known as a Hash-Locked-Time-Contract (HLTC). The "Hash-Locked" aspect of an HLTC requires that the funds within the contract be locked by a hash and that they only be unlocked by revealing the pre-image of that hash. The "Time-Contract" aspect of an HLTC requires that the contract be exclusively assigned to the other party for a fixed, public and immutable period of time. This time lock enables the party to unlock the funds within the time-frame without risk of being pre-empted by any other party.
By using two matching HLTC's on two independent blockchains, cross-chain atomic swaps of cryptocurrency can be performed, without the involvement of intermediaries. The proposal here is to introduce the feature of "Hash Locked" accounts such that when combined with in-protocol PASA exchange, an HLTC is achieved suitable for cross-chain atomic swaps. With this simple change, the following atomic swap work-flow is enabled:
Atomic Swap Work-flow
Suppose Alice has 100 PASC and Bob has 1 BTC, and they wish to perform an atomic swap between themselves. The below work-flow can be employed:
Alice picks a very large random number known as SECRET
Alice calculates CODE = HASH(SECRET)
Bob gives Alice his public key B
Alice owns account X and deposits 100 PASC into X and sets it for Private Sale to Bob as follows:
X.State = <HLTC_A>
X.Data = CODE
X.BuyerKey = B
X.SalePeriod = 3 weeks ;/ specified in block numbers
X.Price = 0
- X.State = <HLTC_A>
Alice gives Bob her public key A
Bob creates a BTC transaction TXN1 with output:
Pay 1 BTC to A if (x for H(x)=CODE and signed by A) OR (Signed by B after two weeks from now)
Alice can spend this 1 BTC so long as she publishes SECRET and signs with her key A.
If after 2 weeks Alice hasn't done that, Bob reserves the right to take back this 1 BTC.
The swap has still not occured yet but is setup bi-directionally.
Once Alice detects TXN1 on the BTC chain, she immediately spends its outputs to her own wallet via a TXN2. She thus takes possession of the 1 BTC, revealing SECRET in the process.
x for H(x) = CODEportion.
Bob detects the transaction TXN2 and extracts SECRET from TXN2.
Bob publishes a Purchase Account operation on the PascalCoin chain for X and includes SECRET inside the Payload, thus taking possession of the 100 PASC.
Atomic Swap Completed
A time-lock differential is necessary to avoid the scenario where Alice takes both the 1 BTC and the 100 PASC by revealing SECRET at exact moment X's time-lock to Bob expires.
With this time difference in place, if after 2 weeks Alice has not revealed SECRET, Bob can determine Alice is acting in bad faith (or has abandoned the contract) thus giving him 1 week to safely cancel the swap and reclaim his 1 BTC.
In this eventuality, Alice does not lose her PASC since she never revealed SECRET. She can safely reclaim her PASC after account X's time-lock to Bob expires in 3 weeks.
In practice, the HLTC's will use much shorter time-frames suitable for automated automic swap software.
The following changes are required to implement this type of HLTC in PascalCoin.
New Account State
as_HLTC_PASA is required.
TAccountState = (as_Unknown, as_Normal, as_ForSale, as_HLTC_PASA);
This new state will result in behaviour identical to
as_ForSale except with an additional consensus rule.
Operation Update(s): OP_Transaction, OP_BuyAccount
The consensus rules for OP_Data needs updating to execute
as_HLTC_PASA is identical to state
as_ForSale but with the following additional checks
let A = target PASA let O = purchasing operation (can be either OP_BuyAccount or OP_Transaction) ...... same consensus rules for as_ForSale (in private mode) .... // PIP-0032A: Atomic Swap if (A.accountInfo.state = as_HLT as_HLTC_PASA: begin if (A.accountInfo.new_publickey = CT_PublicKey_Nil) then Error 'Invalid PASA HLTC, account did not specify an endpoint key'; ... implement same consensus rules for as_ForSale, assuming a private sale mode ... // Check hashlock if SHA2_256(O.payload) <> A.account_data then Error "Hash-locked accounts require correct hash pre-image when purchasing. Purchaser did not provide correct hash pre-image."; end;
Misc Core Changes
Since a new account state is being introduced, the code-paths for
as_ForSale cannot be re-used and must be copied/pasted, or altered to check for this condition. These details are left to the implementor.
As there are many approaches for implementing atomic swaps and HLTCs in PascalCoin, this PIP is post-fixed with "A" to allow alternative approaches "B", "C" and so on. However, PIP-0032A is by far the simplest and least impactful approach that naturally compliments the PIP-0002: In-protocol PASA Exchange features established in Version 2.
In many ways, this proposal completes that functionality to enable "cross-chain exchange". It is the least impactful approach since it does not require changing the signature logic of client-side libraries such as JPascalCoin/NPascalCoin/SBX/FlutterLib/etc.
In conclusion, due to the low cost vs the significant benefits of this change, this proposal is recommended for V5 implementation.
This change is not backwards compatible and requires a hard-fork activation.
Albert Molina for suggesting use of account state rather than account type.